Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TheDevilsHand - #ProphecyParty & $15 iTunes Gift Card #Giveaway

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Bibliophilia, Please is a "book blog", but I want to share the opportunity to win a prize with you guys. Today I'm featuring The Devil's Hand blog app, along with the opportunity to enter to win a $15 iTunes Gift Card!

About the Movie


When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion - on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

Starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign), it will give you thrills and chills this October!

The Devil’s Hand is now available on iTunes, VOD and in select theaters.

Blog App


TROUBLE VIEWING APP? GO HERE

Download the "Prophecy Party Players Guide" and invite 5 friends over for a viewing party to see who will survive!

• Play "Never Have I Ever"
• Try to assemble the Poster Puzzle
• Do the "Devil’s Blood Punch Chug", and more!

The Giveaway

One $15 iTunes Gift Card will be awarded to a lucky winner here on my blog. So, check out the blog app above and be sure to enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below!

Open to addresses in the US OR CANADA ONLY.
The prize will be sent via FedEx or UPS - No P.O. Boxes!
Ends at 12:01 EST November 1st

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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $15 iTunes Giftcard via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

FTC DISCLOSURE: Bibliophilia, Please is working with Roadside Attractions in order to provide this giveaway to its readers. All materials have been provided through Roadside Attractions. No money or favors have been exchanged for this post.

Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway): Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu

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Title: Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials (Singaporean Mystery #2)
Author:
Ovidia Yu
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (HarperCollins)
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Acquired Via:
TLC Book Tours

Rosie “Aunty” Lee, the feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant, is back in another delectable, witty mystery involving scandal and murder among the city’s elite.

Few know more about what goes on in Singapore than Aunty Lee. When a scandal over illegal organ donation involving prominent citizens makes news, she already has a list of suspects. There’s no time to snoop, though—Aunty Lee’s Delights is catering a brunch for local socialites Henry and Mabel Sung at their opulent house.

Rumor has it that the Sung’s fortune is in trouble, and Aunty Lee wonders if the gossip is true. But soon after arriving at the Sung’s house, her curiosity turns to suspicion. Why is a storage house she discovers locked? What is the couple arguing about behind closed doors? Where is the guest of honor who never showed up?

Then, Mabel Sung and her son Leonard are found dead. The authorities blame it on Aunty Lee’s special stewed chicken with buah keluak, a local black nut that can be poisonous if cooked improperly. Aunty Lee has never carelessly prepared a dish. She’s certain the deaths are murder—and that they’re somehow linked to the organ donor scandal.

To save her business and her reputation, she’s got to prove it—and unmask a dangerous killer whose next victim may just be Aunty Lee.


My Review

You can read my review of the first book, Aunty Lee's Delights, HERE.

Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, like its predecessor, takes you on a culinary, mystery adventure in Singapore with everyone's favorite Aunty. There was not a moment while reading this book that I wasn't wishing I was planning a vacation to Singapore, having my mouth water thinking about the food, or snickering loudly at Aunty Lee's antics. I always come to these books for the visuals and then stick around for the mystery.

Part of why I love the Aunty Lee series so much is that I love the visual experience that I get. Not only are the covers of these books beautiful, but the descriptions are just as lovely. I could almost see in vivid detail the beautiful scenery described by Yu. She always took special care to describe the houses, food, and people in such a way that I could close my eyes and be there. Even though there was a murderer on the loose, Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials was literary escapism at its finest.

I don't read a lot of what is considered to be "cozy" mysteries, so I can't speculate as to whether this is one. I assume so, as there isn't a lot of suspense or tension in the story. That being said, the mystery isn't what sucked me into Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials.

If you're looking for a light, fun read that will make you ravenously hungry, I recommend picking up Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials. There is fun characters and good story that is hard to put down.

- 4/5 Stars -

Buy Links
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound



About the Author





Ovidia Yu is one of Singapore’s best-known and most acclaimed writers. She has had more than thirty plays produced and is also the author of a number of mysteries. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program and has been a writing fellow at the National University of Singapore.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.






Follow the Tour


Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 30th
No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, October 1st
I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Monday, October 6th
Kahakai Kitchen

Wednesday, October 8th
Book Dilettante

Monday, October 13th
Olduvai’s Reads

Tuesday, October 14th
A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, October 16th
Tutu’s Two Cents

Wednesday, October 22nd
My Bookshelf

Thursday, October 23rd
Bibliophilia, Please

Friday, October 24th
Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, October 28th
guiltless reading

Giveaway

Since I enjoyed Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials so much, I'm giving away my copy of the book. To enter to win, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

US ONLY
Ends at 12:01am EST on November 6th

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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.

Trailer Debut: Morganville Vampire Web TV Series

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The web series for The Morganville Vampires was brought to life after 832 backers pledged on Kickstarter. The project was fully funded in July of 2013, and now after a little over a year – the trailer for the series is finally here.

Trailer


Welcome to Morganville! Claire Danvers has no reason to suspect choosing Texas Prairie University, the isolated town’s college, will be dangerous until she’s forced off campus and into the shabby-chic Glass House, and stumbles into a secret: Morganville’s owned by vampires. And so is everybody in it. With the help of Glass House residents Michael, Eve and Shane, she might have a fighting chance of surviving the toughest little town in Texas … not to mention her killer classes.

This six-part first season stars Robert Picardo (Oliver), Amber Benson (Amelie), Ben Easter (Michael), Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), and a great supporting cast.

Rachel Caine wrote the script for the first season, and it will follow the plotlines of the first two books in the series.

Morganville premieres October 27, 2014
on Geek & Sundry.

Links

Rachel Caine
Website
Twitter
Facebook

The Morganville Series
Series Website
Book Website Goodreads


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review (Giveaway): Loop by Karen Akins

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Title: Loop (Loop #1)
Author:
Karen Akins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Acquired Via:
Publisher

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels...at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.


My Review

Time travel books have always been very hit-or-miss with me, especially in YA. I found Karen Akins' debut, Loop, to be a fun read and very near to the bullseye. It has a very likable heroine, a love interest that I can stand behind, and reasonable enough science to back the time travel up.

Waiting on Wednesday (77): Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)
Author:
Jennifer Estep
Publisher: K-Teen (Kensington)
Release Date: April 28, 2015

THERE BE MONSTERS HERE…

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call—get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her…


It took me a while to warm up to Estep's Elemental Assassin series, but now that I'm on book four I'm liking it a lot better. I'm interested in seeing her new YA series, especially since it has a thief with some magical talents.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author:
Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Acquired Via: Edelweiss

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she's always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


My Review

You can read Kayla's review HERE.

Snow Like Ashes is one of my favorite reads of the year. Besides Meira being one of my favorite heroines, the world was stunning, imaginative and bleak.

I'll admit that I was a little confused in the first chapter or so with the world and kingdoms. I'm glad that Sara Raasch posted a map of Primoria on her Tumblr, because I did not have the setup of the kingdoms right at all (my e-ARC had a small map in the front, but it was impossible to see on my Kindle). I liked the setup of the kingdoms - four Season kingdoms that each have only one season, and four rhythm kingdoms that cycle normally through all four seasons. It did take a little bit of suspension of disbelief, but it's fantasy, so that's par for the course. My main confusion was regarding where the magic was actually "located" and that was helped by the map.

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Series I Want to Start



1. Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Stories #1) by Seanan McGuire
May 6, 2014

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t kill what’s already dead.


I'm reading and enjoying McGuire's October Daye series. I had previously tried her InCryptid series, and while I liked it, I haven't continued in the series. But, McGuire has a lot of talent in creating imaginative worlds and likable heroines. I'm interested in seeing what she does with a ghost story.



2. Dirty Magic (Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells
January 21, 2014

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.


I've read and enjoyed most of Wells' Sabine Kane series. Since I enjoy witches/mages/wizards way more than I do vampires, I'm really excited about this new series. I just haven't made time yet to read it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spotlight (Excerpt and Giveaway): Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter

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Title: Desert Bound (Cambio Springs #2)
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Publisher: Self
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

As the town's doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other's throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?


Excerpt

Ted ignored the happy purr of her lion and tried to lean away from his body, but Alex still managed to surround her. With his arms, his scent, and that indescribable hum that always seemed to follow him. Like a live wire, her body reacted. She could feel the spark of awareness as he scented her.

Damn wolf.

He leaned in, his rough voice licking along her nerves.

“You smell good.”